Intellectual Property with Lyle Gravatt of NK Patent Law, PLLC

Intellectual Property – Patents Protect Your Inventions

Lyle Gravatt of NK Patent Law, PLLC. shares insights and experience with US Patent Laws. What patents are, do, and how they protect your inventions and business.

About Lyle Gravatt

W. Lyle Gravatt is an experienced patent attorney proficient in writing patent applications and pursuing patents in a wide range of technologies. Mr. Gravatt began his career as patent analyst and professional searcher, developing new software tools for advanced searching of patents and publications. Lyle now focuses primarily on the client-service side of patent work. Mr. Gravatt is involved in the local startup community as an active member and ambassador with the Center for Entrepreneurial Development(CED), as a volunteer at the technology incubator First Flight Venture Center, and as a volunteer withInnovate Raleigh. Mr. Gravatt earned a B.S. in Physics from Wake Forest University where he performed biophysics research on the effects of hydroxyurea with sickle cell hemoglobin using electroparamagnetic resonance imaging techniques. While in law school at the University of Mississippi School of Law, Lyle partnered with attorneys through the American Bar Association to co-author a chapter in the ABA publication “FDA Regulation of Nanotechnology”.

Mr. Gravatt’s patent practice has included work in the following technology areas:
  • Wireless detection and management systems
  • Biotechnology and nanotech products
  • Smart grid analytic and load control devices
  • Consumer products
  • Mechanical and manufacturing equipment
  • Medical devices
  • Software applications

About NK Patent Law

NK Patent Law is a North Carolina-based patent law firm that is focused on providing business focused advice with respect to patents, trademarks, and intellectual property matters. With offices in Raleigh and Winston-Salem, our team of experienced professionals offers customized, high quality services in a wide variety of technical disciplines.

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Women in Business Series: Mitizi Kincaid and Karen Boardman of Kincaid & Assocates, PLLC

Women in Business as Subject Matter Experts and Entrepreneurs

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Mitzi Kincaid earned a Juris Doctor from North Carolina Central School of Law and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, from the University of North Carolina – Charlotte. Prior to practicing law, Mitzi spent over ten years’ in corporate accounting and finance positions.

She is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, the New Hanover County Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

Mitzi is very active in her community. She works with the Special Olympics and the American Heart Association;

is a member of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington Cameron Executive Network, and currently serves as the Board Chair for the Disability Resource Center and is a Governor-appointed voting member of the Statewide Independent Living Council.

Mitzi is licensed to practice in the States of North Carolina and South Carolina and before the United States Tax Court. Her areas of practice are

Estate planning


Special Needs Trusts & Disability Advocacy

Business Formation Planning

Corporate Counsel

Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution

And Taxation.

Karen Boardman brings over fifteen years of legal experience in transactional law, intellectual property, and litigation to Kincaid & Associates.  Her experience is concentrated in all phases of intellectual property: trademarks, patents, copyrights, licensing, and infringement.

Prior to law school, Karen worked as a Guardian ad Litem Volunteer Advocate, investigating and protecting the rights of abused and neglected children.  As an intern at the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic, she worked to obtain protective orders for the victims and children of domestic violence.

Karen also published an article in the North Carolina Central University Law Review entitled “North Carolina v. Bryant: Paving the Way for a Comprehensive National Sex Offender Registry”.

Karen is licensed to practice in the States of North Carolina and Tennessee and before the Eastern District of North Carolina federal court.  She earned her Juris Doctor from North Carolina Central University School of Law (evening division) and a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Karen enjoys listening to live music, volunteering as the Financial Advisor for her sorority in Chapel Hill, learning to cook, and spending time with her husband, Adam, and their cat, Kalle.


Kincaid & Associates is a law firm with locations in Wilmington, Raleigh, Charlotte, and Asheville. They are a general practice/business firm serving the needs of individuals and businesses. Their goal is to provide exceptional legal services thoroughly timely communication and with a spirit of service.

Their website is